Joseph Crippen, a tenor with the NLC, and also a pastor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, shared this devotion before our All Saints concert on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
All Saints at Mount Olive is a holy day like no other. We have, of course, other high holy days – Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, others – but there is something beautiful and holy about All Saints at Mount Olive that is its own joy and peace. This morning, as I looked out into the congregation I saw the smiling face of David Cherwien, and it was good; it’s felt like a long time he’s been on sabbatical. He has respected that sabbatical and he’s respected Bill, who’s filling in while he’s gone, and stayed away. But when I spoke to him after the liturgy, what he said was, “There was nowhere else I could think of where I’d rather be than here today.” I completely understand.